OLLI News from Bradley University
December 12, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

December January

Jan. 8, 1:30pm: Portugal and Spain Informational Meeting at the Peoria Next Innovation Center
Jan. 9-12: Winter 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center
Jan. 16, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 17, 9am: Spring 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 24, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Join OLLI for Winter Classes

Don't let the cold weather get you down-- make the most of this winter at OLLI Classes in January!   For $95, you can choose four classes from a wide variety of stimulating topics and expand your knowledge on a favorite subject or learn something completely new.  

OLLI Winter 2018 Classes
Tuesday, January 9 - Friday, January 12
9:00 - 3:00 p.m
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Read about one of our most popular, long-running classes below:

Class #13: Look What I Did
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Hear four speakers - each for one hour - talk about a significant personal accomplishment.  Jaci Willis, one of very few women sculptors in the country who has created lifesize bronze sculptures doing all of the work herself.  John Dust, OLLI member and volunteer, who was deeply involved with Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.  Martha and Jeff Huebner, who own Trefzger's and renovated an historic building (especially if you were not able to take the Learning Trip to Trefzger's).  Johnathan Wright, who promotes greater Peoria's performances, professions, pastimes, philanthropists, and places at Peoria Magazines.

You'll love the fun atmosphere and strong sense of camaraderie, not to mention the plentiful snacks and refreshments to fuel your quest for knowledge!

View a complete listing of class offerings by clicking here.   To register, visit our online registration site or call Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  
T our a Local Whiskey and Bourbon Distillery

Their family has been making whiskey since the Prohibition when Peoria was known as the Whiskey City.  Join us on this tour to learn about how the owners of J.K. Williams Distilling have revived the business of their great-great-grandfather with a modern twist.

J.K. Williams Distilling (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, January 25
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We'll visit J.K. Williams Distilling, a distillery formed to bring craft whiskey- and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area.  During our tour of the facility in East Peoria, we'll learn how J.K. Williams was a man ahead of his time, stubbornly refusing to sacrifice quality when crafting his bootleg whiskey.  We'll also learn (and taste!) how the family recipe is being revived four generations later, using local grain to produce whiskey and bourbon, occasionally infused with unique flavors such as fruits and coffee beans.  

OLLI Reads

Looking for a few new books to cozy up with next to the fire this winter?  OLLI members have contributed to the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about each book and a free sample ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle reader or mobile app.  

OLLI Reads

We would like to thank Greg Peine for starting and maintaining this list for the past few years!  If you have a great book you would like added to the list, please contact Elly Peterson at eepeterson@bradley.edu.

Hilltop Happenings
Peoria Fine Arts Concert Featuring Original Composition by Bradley's Dr. John Orfe

Setting Text to Music: "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"
Thursday, December 14
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria
Cost: $12 for adults; $5 for students

John Orfe, Assistant Professor of Music at Bradley University and Organist at First Methodist Church Peoria, will premiere a new work commissioned by Theo Jean Kenyon as part of the Fine Arts Society of Peoria on December 14 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  

In "Setting Text to Music: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Orfe will perform the musical work as Lee Wenger narrates the iconic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, then give a slide presentation providing historical context for the work.  Lee Wenger is the Radio Information Service Director at WCBU-Radio.  This program is presented in collaboration with the Peoria Symphony Guild.

Everyone is welcome!  Tickets will be available at the door; $12 for adults and $5 for students.  A social hour with refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, click here.

Beyond the Hilltop
Free Concert at Chillicothe Library

Nighthawk: "Earth and Sky"
Thursday, December 28
6:30 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N Bradley Ave, Chillicothe

Nighthawk brings together violin and cello in a wide-ranging concert titled "Earth and Sky."

Back from her home in Providence, Rhode Island, rural Chillicothe native Emmy Holmes-Hicks (violin) joins Chicago cellist David Sands in the musical duo Nighthawk.  The two performers will take you on a musical tour that includes a few sizzling tangos, a Beethoven duo, a little Yuletide cheer, and some stunning Celtic arrangements.  They might even pull out a couple of old-time fiddle tunes.  

For more information, please  click here to visit the library website, or call (309) 274-2719.

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